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Free Upcoming Webinars 
October 25, 2010: 1:00-2:30 pm, Eastern Time
The Leadership Council on African American Behavioral Health in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Eliminating Mental Health Disparities (EMHD) Initiative presents:
African Americans, Behavioral Health and Spirituality:  Vital Linkages for Recovery
Registration is required to attend this webinar. Click here to register now. 
To gain insight into the importance of spirituality and religion in the lives of African Americans in recovery.
To increase effectiveness of mental health and substance abuse treatment and services for African Americans.
To hear different perspectives on approaches to engage faith communities in behavioral health support and advocacy.
Who should attend:
African American peers, consumers, families, community members, and their supporters, all faith communities, clinicians, and other service providers seeking to improve the quality and cultural congruency of behavioral health care.
This webinar will focus on the on the linkages between African Americans’ spirituality, faith communities, and the challenges of mental illness, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The presenters will share insights gained in their clinical practice and research as well as their unique perspectives on how the African American Church fits in the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services, supports and treatment. The presenters will discuss challenges and successful integration that has improved outcomes for African Americans.
This webinar was conceived following a series of focus groups with consumers, families, providers, and community members who shared the obstacles encountered when they have attempted to access affordable and effective mental health and substance abuse services.
King Davis, Ph.D.  
Paula Dobbs-Wiggins, M.D.
Micah McCreary, M.Div., Ph.D., LCP
Michael A. Torres, M.D. 
Cathy Cave, Unlimited Mindfulness Consulting 
Webinar announcement online:
October 25, 2010: 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern Time

Native American/Alaska Native Tribal Outreach Webinar Featuring the Ticket to Work program
We invite you to join us for training on how to help those in your tribal community who are receiving Social Security benefits find meaningful employment through the Ticket to Work program. The TTW program can generate new revenue for your tribal vocational rehabilitation program, employers, and other tribal organizations that assist individuals in entering or returning to the workforce. Under the new program regulations certain programs are automatically qualified to participate and, in many cases, there is additional money to be earned for work that you are already doing.
Come learn how to take advantage of all the opportunities that have been created by the new TTW program!
Jimmy Warne – The Warrior Foundation
Kimberly Yellow Robe – American Indian Public Affairs Specialist, SSA
Cinda Hughes – Office of Disability Employment Policy, DOL
Moderator: Joel Middleton - CESSI
To participate in this Webinar, please register at:
If you would like more information on Ticket to Work, please call 877-743-8237, or email the Ticket to Work Recruitment and Outreach Team at
If you have problems registering, please call 607-255-4349 or email Gloria Loehle at
October 26, 2010, 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern Time
Tracking Wellness Measures to Increase Life Expectancy Among People with Mental Health Problems
The shockingly early mortality of people with serious mental health problems is the most extreme and despicable negative outcome you can have. People are dying because they aren’t getting the care they need. We have no organized system in place to measure it, and therefore we cannot manage it.
—Ron Manderscheid, executive director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
People diagnosed with mental health problems are dying prematurely from preventable health conditions at a dramatically accelerated rate compared to people who do not have these problems. This health disparity is due to a variety of factors, including determinants like significantly higher rates of poverty, unemployment, and homelessness. While calls to action have attempted to address these unacceptable health disparities, there has been no nationwide approach to collecting information about this problem to date, nor is there a centralized repository for data to inform researchers and decision makers who could develop programs, policies, and practices to impact or increase life expectancy for this population.
This teleconference will educate consumers about the health outcome risks for individuals with mental health problems, so that they can make healthier choices. The teleconference also will address the critical measures—including multidimensional indicators of wellness and social determinants of health—that data and reporting collection systems should track.
Register today! Click here to register:
Meghan Caughey, MA, MFA – Benton County Health Services, Oregon
Elsie J. Freeman, MD, MPH – Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Ron Manderscheid, PhD – National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
This training teleconference will include a question-and-answer session. We invite you to submit questions at any time before or during the teleconference. To submit questions before the teleconference, please e-mail Speakers will answer as many questions as possible during the question-and-answer session, but we cannot guarantee that your question will be answered during the teleconference. We will provide each presenter’s contact information so that you may contact him or her directly for a response or additional information.
Please note: You may submit anonymous questions; however, if you provide your name and organization when submitting a question, we may use it during the call.
Training Sponsor
This teleconference is sponsored by the SAMHSA 10x10 Wellness Campaign, a project of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), a center within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SAMHSA-sponsored Fall Webinar Series

Health Reform 101 - Learn the Basics of Health Care Reform
The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has ensured that the role of behavioral health in the overall health care system will change. Now, it is more important than ever to know how health care reform will affect you as a SAMHSA employee and the different SAMHSA constituencies, including States, behavioral health care providers, and consumers. Recognizing the importance of understanding these new concepts, SAMHSA is hosting part two of the fall webinar series: Health Reform 101 - Learn the Basics of Health Care Reform. Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn some health reform basics regarding how health care reform will affect the role of States, behavioral health providers, and consumers.
SAMHSA Health Reform State Road Map
When: October 27, 2010, 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: Room 8-1070 or Virtual
Conference Number: PW8090850
Audience Passcode: 5350462
John O’Brien, SAMHSA Senior Advisor for Health Care Financing, will discuss important milestones in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and strategies States can take to ensure they are ready for health reform implementation.  Please join us to make you sure and your state have the up-to-date information on health reform implementation. Employees can watch the webinar in room 8-1070 or participate virtually.